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Notice to Mobile Gas Customers: Recent Billing Error

Posted January 5, 2017

As a valued customer of Mobile Gas Service Corporation, we would like to inform you of a recent billing error. Last week, a system error generated an incorrect billing statement, impacting approximately 1,825 residential customers.

Mobile Gas has corrected the error and we will be mailing a new statement to impacted customers very soon. You can also find the corrected version on the e-bill section of our website at www.mobile-gas.com.

Please accept our apologies for any confusion or inconvenience this may have caused. We appreciate the opportunity to serve you and thank you for being a valued Mobile Gas customer.

If you have additional questions, please contact Mobile Customer Service at 251-476-8052 Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 6:00 pm or email us at customerservice@mobile-gas.com.

Sincerely,

 

Mobile Gas Service Corporation

Employee Profile: Joe Hocklander Inducted Into Alabama Building Industry Hall of Fame

Posted November 16, 2016

Joe Hocklander, senior residential marketing representative for Mobile Gas, is known to be one of the hardest working employees at the natural gas utility.  And his hard work has not gone unnoticed.  On October 28, 2016, he was inducted into the Alabama Building Industry Hall of Fame during the Home Builder’s Association of Alabama’s (HBAA) annual convention in Nashville, Tennessee.  This is the highest honor presented by HBAA.  Hocklander is the fifth person from Mobile to receive the award since it was created in 1988. He joined Mobile Gas in 1982.

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Joe Hocklander, Senior Residential Marketing Representative. Picture Courtesy: Home Builders Association of Alabama

“We were thrilled to learn Joe was inducted into the Alabama Building Industry Hall of Fame, however, it was not a surprise,” said Kesshia Davis, director of marketing and community relations. “Joe knows the true value of creating relationships with our builders and finding out what new projects are coming down the pipeline. His affiliation with the Home Builder’s Association of Alabama on a local and state level has paid off tremendously for Mobile Gas.”

Hocklander is a member of the Home Builders Association of Metro Mobile and the Baldwin County Home Builders Association, serving on several committees.

“This is the highest honor I have ever received for anything,” said Hocklander. “I love my job and meeting new people, especially those who love building homes with natural gas.”

At the state level, Hocklander has served as HBAA Associate Committee Chair and the Past Associates Committee Chair. In 2011 he served as HBAA Associate Vice President. In 2009 he was named the HBAA’s Associate of the Year.

 

Mobile Gas Goes PINK!

Posted October 28, 2016

According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in women in the United States, other than skin cancer. To recognize those currently facing this disease or in honor of those who have lost their lives to this terrible disease, Mobile Gas employees wore pink on Friday, October 28th.  One couldn’t help but notice the abundance of pink #TEAMDONNA t-shirts running rampant up and down the hallways.

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Donna Jones, Gas Controller and 20 year Mobile Gas employee

That’s right, our own Donna Jones, gas controller, is 2 years cancer free!  “I was moved to tears with the overwhelming support I received from my work family.  I received phone calls, cards, flowers, stuffed animals, even an envelope of cash during my battle with breast cancer. These random acts of kindness from my fellow employees really helped keep my spirits up”, said Jones.

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Chris Wiley, Manager-Construction

In observance of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Mobile Gas employees will also participate in the annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk in downtown Mobile. The walk begins at 8am on Saturday, October 29th in Bienville Square (150 Dauphin Street).  As a company, we will continue to do our part in the fight against breast cancer!

Hidden Talent Abounds Here At Mobile Gas!

Posted October 28, 2016

Meter Reader Supervisor, Aree Kirksey

Meter Reader Supervisor, Aree Kirksey

A little Aretha sure will make you feel like “A Natural Woman!”  How about an acoustic version of Michael Jackson’s “Billy Jean?”  Or even a mashup of The Judds’, “Mama He’s Crazy” and “This Is How We Do It” by Montell Jordan?  These national recording artists all made an appearance at Mobile Gas, at least vicariously.  On Wednesday, October 26th, Mobile Gas employees showed off their musical talents during a talent show to benefit the United Way of Southwest Alabama.  This was one of several week-long events to bring awareness about the organization and its services.  The other events included a one mile fitness walk, silent auction and a fall festival.  This year’s campaign centered on “The Spirit of Giving”.

"The talent"

“The talent”

The United Way of Southwest Alabama’s goal is to strengthen communities by focusing on uniting resources that support the building blocks for a better life: Education, Financial Stability, Health, and Essentials.  Our employees get involved with United Way for a number of reasons.  Aree Kirksey, meter reader supervisor, says that the United Way is the only organization that has made her laugh and cry simultaneously.  “What moved me the most was when I heard a story about a local child not having enough food to eat or clean clothes to wear.  That really tugged at my heart”, said Kirksey.  The United Way of Southwest Alabama has been providing aid to our community since 1926 and we look forward to a continued, successful partnership for many years to come.

Thank You For 180 Years of Service!

Posted September 20, 2016

Mobile Gas Service Corporation has reached a milestone. The natural gas utility is celebrating 180 years of delivering dependable and reliable service to homes, businesses and industries in Mobile County and the surrounding areas, including small sections of Baldwin County.

Here is a brief walk through history on how the company came to be and how it still holds dear the core values  of safety, customer service and corporate citizenship that has made Mobile Gas Service Corporation a leader in natural gas for eighteen decades.

The History of Mobile Gas

On September 20, 1836, James H. Caldwell entered into a contract with the City of Mobile.  Through this contract, he was granted a 30-year franchise to light the city with gas and furnish the citizens with gas lights for their homes and businesses.  This new business was known as Mobile Gas Light and Coke Company and was the ancestor of the present Mobile Gas Service Corporation.

English born, Caldwell was apprenticed to the theater at nine years old.  By 1816 he was a leading American actor barnstorming the country with his own company.  In 1820 he settled in New Orleans where he built his own theater and lighted it with 250 gas lights.  He was an actor, dreamer, builder, businessman, politician, and promoter.  He wanted to see New Orleans illuminated at night, so he organized a gas company, and later did the same in Mobile.

picture9Using his own money, Caldwell imported gas manufacturing equipment from England and erected a plant in Mobile.  From the early 1800’s to the mid 1900’s, gas was manufactured through a process of  heating coal and oil in enclosed ovens and extracting gases for use in lighting and cooking – a very different process than the natural gas fuel we know today.

Over 1,500 manufactured gas plant (MGP) sites operated across the U.S. during this period.  One MGP site operated in Mobile. Through much of the 19th and 20th centuries, manufactured gas was a significant industrial achievement, with plants across the U.S. ushering in some of the conveniences we know today such as home heating, cooking, and lighting. picture8

With the advent of electricity, electric lighting replaced gas lighting, and adapting to the changing market, Mobile Gas Works, along with other manufactured gas facilities across the U.S., concentrated on other home conveniences such as home heating and cooking.
By 1838 Caldwell’s Mobile Gas Light and Coke Company had 850 customers.  It was the fifth oldest gas company in America.

After Caldwell’s death, his three sons continued the gas business in Mobile.  On February 23, 1866 the business was incorporated.  The first president, elected in 1855 following the interim administration, was Santos Rubira.  Rubira, born in Spain, came to America and founded an import-export firm in New York.  Under his leadership, Mobile Gas Light and Coke Company kept pace with the increasing demands for gas service.  Rubira married Caldwell’s widow and their descendants are very much a part of Mobile’s civic, business and social life.

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In 1894 the Alabama Legislature extended the company’s franchise until 1926.  Normal operations continued until May 1903 when Mobile Gas Light and Coke Company and the Electric Lighting Company of Mobile were combined. In 1906 Mobile Gas Light and Coke was reorganized as Mobile Gas Service Corporation.

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Mobile’s manufactured gas plant, with additions throughout the years, continued to serve Mobile until the advent of natural gas in 1930. The natural gas line reached Mobile in 1930 changing the fuel from manufactured gas to natural gas.  This plant discontinued operations around 1931 when the city began receiving the natural gas we know today through pipelines that transported the fuel across the country.  Mobile was one of the first cities of importance to receive this new fuel. The Company was incorporated in 1933.
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This beginning marks the foundation of the fifth oldest gas utility in the United States and Mobile’s oldest corporate citizen – Mobile Gas.

Mobile Gas Today

Mobile Gas Service Corporation currently serves over 87,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers in southwest Alabama, and operate over 2,250 miles of pipeline – plus 46 miles of transmission line. The Company operates in the cities of Mobile, Saraland, Satsuma, Chickasaw, Semmes, Bayou La Batre, Creola, Mt. Vernon and Prichard. It also operates a small section of distribution pipeline in the cities of Spanish Fort and  Loxley in Baldwin County, east of Mobile.

 

Catholic Boys Home 1949. Courtesy: Erik Overbey Collection, The Doy Leale McCall Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of South Alabama

Catholic Boys Home 1949. Photo Courtesy: Erik Overbey Collection, The Doy Leale McCall Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of South Alabama

 

Early Days of Mobile Gas Service Corporation

Early Days of Mobile Gas Service Corporation

 

Mobile Gas Service Corporation is currently headquartered at 2828 Dauphin Street in Mobile, with a branch office in Prichard; employing more than 200 people.  The building on Dauphin Street was once the Catholic Boys Home.  Mobile Gas Service Corporation purchased and remodeled the building in the mid-1970s and moved its operations to Dauphin Street from its Bienville Square site. The Company has been operating on Dauphin Street for almost forty years.

 

Mobile Gas Service Corporation, Present Day

Mobile Gas Service Corporation, Present Day

 

Mobile Gas Service Corporation has been a community partner and good corporate citizen since 1836. Outreach through charitable giving, leadership development, safety and environmental education, and employee volunteerism impacts about 700,000 people annually.

The natural gas utility also supports the local economy through participation in Chickasaw Chamber of Commerce, Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce, Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce, Prichard Chamber of Commerce, Saraland Chamber of Commerce, Tillman’s Corner Chamber of Commerce, Baldwin County Economic Development Alliance, Bayou La Batre Chamber of Commerce, the SouthWest Mobile County Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Mobile Alliance, etc.

Thank you for doing business with Mobile Gas Service Corporation and being a part of our rich history.

Mobile Gas to Host Community Open House/Tour for Eight Mile Residents

Posted June 24, 2016

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Mobile Gas to Host Community Open House/Tour for Eight Mile Residents

Mobile Gas Service Corporation will host a community open house and tour of one its water treatment facilities concerning the Eight Mile mercaptan remediation efforts on Thursday, June 30, 2016.  The community open house/tour is limited to only residents living in Eight Mile.

The tours will be conducted in rotating shifts beginning at 10:00am and ending at 4:00pm.  Eight Mile residents are being asked to sign-up for the community open house/tour at Highpoint Baptist Church (2421 Lott Road, Eight Mile, Ala. 36613) in the church lobby during the following days and hours:

Monday, June 27, 2016 – 10:00am – 5:00pm
Tuesday, June 28, 2016 – 10:00am – 5:00pm
Wednesday, June 29, 2016 – 10:00am – 1:00pm

Those who register for the tour will meet at Highpoint Baptist Church in the Fellowship Hall during their designated time.  After a brief presentation, Eight Mile residents will be transported on a passenger van to the water treatment facility where they will receive an explanation of how the system is designed and how it helps to reduce the mercaptan odor in the Eight Mile community. In order to comply with the Court’s order, tour representatives will only be allowed to answer limited questions pertaining only to the water treatment facility.

During the tour, Eight Mile residents are being asked to wear closed toe shoes, due to the rough terrain.

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Media Contact:
Kesshia Davis
Mobile Gas Service Corporation
251-259-1734
kesdavis@mobile-gas.com

Mobile Gas and Keep Mobile Beautiful to Host MLK Avenue Area Great American Cleanup

Posted May 2, 2016

Leep-LogoMobile Gas and Keep Mobile Beautiful have partnered to clean up the Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue area for the 18th annual Great American Cleanup campaign. On Saturday, May 14, 2016, Keep Mobile Beautiful, the Mobile Gas Leadership & Environmental Education Program, the City of Mobile, and partner organizations and businesses will pick up litter along the main areas of Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue.

The Great American Cleanup campaign is the nation’s largest organized annual cleanup, beautification and community improvement program. Each year, more than 4 million volunteers and participants across the country take action in their local communities to create positive change and lasting impact.

The media are invited to join Mobile Gas and Keep Mobile Beautiful on Saturday, May 14, 2016 in the parking lot of Calloway-Smith Middle School -350 N. Lawrence Street, Mobile, Alabama 36603.  Volunteers will meet to register, get assigned their designated cleanup zone and pick up their supplies. They will return at the end of the cleanup for lunch. Registration begins at 8:00am.  The Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue Area Great American Cleanup is from 8:30am – Noon.

Join Mobile Gas, Keep Mobile Beautiful, City of Mobile, Mobile Bay National Estuary Program, Mobile County Public Schools, Mobile Housing Board, Environmental Studies Center, McFadden Engineering, Dearborn YMCA, Bishop State Community College, Corporate Environmental Risk Management, and MLK Avenue Redevelopment Corporation as they work together for a cleaner, greener Mobile.

Mobile Gas Launches Electronic Equipment Donation Program

Posted April 28, 2016

Mobile Gas is getting technical for a good cause.  The natural gas utility has launched the Plugged-In Electronic (PIE) Donation Program.  PIE’s purpose is to donate outdated and unwanted electronic equipment (computer monitors, cell phones, typewriters, laptops, desktops, etc.) to nonprofit organizations that could either refurbish the equipment or recycle it for money.

United Cerebral Palsy of Mobile (UCP) is the first organization that will benefit from PIE.  Currently, Mobile Gas donates toner cartridges, batteries and cell phones to UCP.  PIE now expands that partnership.  The donated electronics will be sent to various recycling companies in exchange for money to help fund programs at UCP such as speech and physical therapy, preschool classes, summer classes, etc.

Desktop Support Technician Keith Price and EHS Specialist Ted Rehwinkel

Desktop Support Technician Keith Price and EHS Specialist Ted Rehwinkel

Mobile Gas employees Keith Price and Ted Rehwinkel worked with the Community Relations Department to help create PIE and identify organizations that would benefit from the program.

“United Cerebral Palsy  is dedicated to advancing the independence of people with disabilities through various programs. PIE is the perfect program where UCP could take equipment that no one else is using and turn it into a valuable resource  so it can help improve the quality of life for those with special needs,” said Rehwinkel.

The PIE program falls in alignment with  one of Mobile Gas’ core values of being a steward in protecting the environment.

“We will donate nearly 100% of the equipment we no longer use, so nothing is wasted.  The electronics are either reused or recycled, so no parts ever end up in a landfill for years, possibly decades,” said Price.

The first official PIE donation to the UCP will be given in May 2016. Donations will be made every quarter.

Sempra U.S. Gas & Power To Sell Parent Company Of Mobile Gas And Willmut Gas

Posted April 26, 2016

uslmh2pSAN DIEGO, April 26, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Sempra U.S. Gas & Power, a unit of Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE), today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to sell EnergySouth, Inc. (EnergySouth), the parent company of Mobile Gas Service Corp. (Mobile Gas) and Willmut Gas & Oil Company (Willmut Gas), to The Laclede Group, Inc. (NYSE: LG). Cash proceeds to Sempra U.S. Gas & Power are expected to be approximately $323 million, subject to normal adjustments at close, and The Laclede Group, Inc. will assume existing debt of approximately $67 million. Sempra U.S. Gas & Power expects to record a gain on the sale upon closing.

The transaction is subject to customary regulatory approvals. At close of the transaction, EnergySouth will consist of only Mobile Gas and Willmut Gas, and will not include Bay Gas Storage Company, Mississippi Hub, LLC, Liberty Gas Storage or Southern Gas Transmission, which will be retained by Sempra U.S. Gas & Power.

“We are very proud of the strong operating and safety performance of our teams at Mobile Gas and Willmut Gas,” said Patti Wagner, president and CEO of Sempra U.S. Gas & Power. “After careful consideration of our natural gas assets, we have entered into this agreement to sell our two southeast utilities to Laclede. We believe we can productively redeploy the proceeds from the sale into long-term growth opportunities that meet our strategy. Additionally, I want to thank each employee of Mobile Gas and Willmut Gas for their continued hard work and commitment in providing safe and reliable natural gas service to residential, commercial, and industrial customers in Alabama and Mississippi.”

J.P. Morgan Securities LLC acted as financial advisor and Latham & Watkins LLP acted as legal counsel for Sempra U.S. Gas & Power.

Sempra U.S. Gas & Power acquired EnergySouth in 2008 and Willmut Gas in 2012.

Mobile Gas provides service to about 85,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers in Mobile and Baldwin counties in southwest Alabama.

Willmut Gas provides service to about 19,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers in greater Hattiesburg (which includes portions of Forrest and Lamar Counties) as well as portions of Covington, Jones, Simpson and Rankin Counties.

Sempra U.S. Gas & Power, LLC is a leading developer of renewable energy and natural gas projects. For more information, visit www.SempraUSGP.com. Sempra U.S. Gas & Power is a subsidiary of Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE), a Fortune 500 energy services holding company with 2015 revenues of $10 billion. The Sempra Energy companies’ 17,000 employees serve more than 32 million consumers worldwide.

Mobile Gas Participates in United Way Day of Caring

Posted April 25, 2016

Procurement Specialist Devon Bergeron

Procurement Specialist Devon Bergeron

Mobile Gas employees rolled up their sleeves and gave their time and service to the United Way of Southwest Alabama’s 22nd Annual Day of Caring. On April 22, 2016, employees spent the day sprucing up Dumas Wesley Community Center in Mobile, Alabama.

They performed tasks such as power washing sidewalks, trimming hedges, cleaning out apartment units, and more.

The United Way Day of Caring promotes the spirit and value of volunteerism and demonstrates the power of LIVING UNITED.  The annual event also generates positive community relationships and helps to develop contacts between volunteers, agencies and workplaces.

Mobile Gas’ participation in the United Way’s Day of Caring gives employees an opportunity to work together to make a difference in the communities in which they serve.

“It makes me proud to work for a company that supports our community,” said Devon Bergeron, procurement specialist for Mobile Gas. ” I was fortunate to lead a team of hardworking, dedicated individuals.  Our team’s efforts helped save Dumas Wesley Community Center money that could be used in other areas.”

Dumas Wesley Community Center is a nonprofit organization that strives to educate, empower and enrich the local community through collaborative programs such as youth programs, senior independent activities, transitional housing and more.

Pictures below:  Mobile Gas employees volunteering for United Way’s Day of Caring – April 22, 2016 at Dumas Wesley Community Center

 

Administrative Associate Debbie Phillips

Administrative Associate Debbie Phillips

Warehouse Specialist Marla Nicholes

Warehouse Specialist Marla Nicholes

Procurement Coordinator Dell Sharbrough

Procurement Coordinator Dell Sharbrough

Human Resources Generalist Elizabeth Ripp

Human Resources Generalist Elizabeth Ripp

Residential Marketing Representative George Hunter

Residential Marketing Representative George Hunter

Engineering Associate Tammy Garrett

Engineering Associate Tammy Garrett

Residential Marketing Representative Herbert McCaskey

Residential Marketing Representative Herbert McCaskey

Meter Repair Technician Tom Howard

Meter Repair Technician Tom Howard

Marketing Communications Courtney Coward

Marketing Communications Courtney Coward

2016 Mobile Gas Exceptional Youth of the Month Winners Announced

Posted April 1, 2016

MGMBMobile Gas has selected the 2016 Exceptional Youth of the Month winners. This year’s recipients will receive 20 tickets to a Mobile BayBears baseball game at Hank Aaron Stadium and each guest will receive a free hot dog and drink.  The winners will also receive special recognition on the field before and during the game.

The students (elementary or middle school)  were chosen for finding unique ways to make their communities a better place to live in either Mobile County or Baldwin County. The 2016 Mobile Gas Exceptional Youth of the Month winners are:

William (Joey) Large – Joey is an Honor Roll student at Collier Elementary School. He delivers treats while visiting Gordon Oaks Retirement Community.  He also helped secure donations for the babies in USA Children’s and Women’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit by creating a Blankets for Babies campaign. Game Day Recognition: April 14, 2016 at 6:00 pm

Breanna Sprinkle – Breanna attends Anna F. Booth Elementary School in Irvington.  So far this year, Breanna has participated in the Apple Snail cleanup at Municipal Park and collected items for the local Mission of Hope.  In her spare time, she serves dinner at McKemie Place (an overnight shelter for single, homeless women), volunteers at the Ronald McDonald House and collects items for a local homeless shelter in Grand Bay. Game Day Recognition: May 19, 2016 at 6:00 pm

Jason Burks – Jason is a fifth grader at W.H. Council Traditional School. He has a deep passion for collecting rocks and aspires to be a scientist. Jason has been a member of the Rock and Gem Society since third grade. A member of the National Elementary Honor Society, Jason has also been on the CTS AB Honor Roll 17 times throughout elementary school. Game Day Recognition: June 1, 2016 at 6:00 pm

Alvin Jarreau, Jr. – Alvin is currently the Middle School President of North Mobile Christian School and so far has delivered on his campaign promises. He has even gone as far as having students sign petitions and complete surveys to have some of the activities his classmates wanted. This leadership experience has given Alvin the confidence to become a role model among his peers. Game Day Recognition: July 27, 2016 at 6:00 pm

Jordan Johnson – Jordaon has been an honor roll student since he started school and maintained that status throughout middle school while attending Clark-Shaw Magnet School.  He has volunteered in several community service events and is active in his church.  Jordan is a member of the Babe Ruth League and was selected to be  a part of People-to-People. He also serves as a member of the Mobile Kappa Knight Mentoring Program, which serves to promote academic awareness, good ethical standards and unity among young men, to create intelligent and effective leaders. Game Day Recognition: August 4, 2016 at 6:00 pm

Congratulations to the 2016 winners for the Mobile Gas Exceptional Youth of the Month. A representative from Mobile Gas will be contacting all the winners with more information.

Mobile Gas to Host Customer Appreciation Day Featuring Wintzell’s Oyster House

Posted April 1, 2016

Mobile Gas would like to say, “Thank You” to our loyal customers for choosing natural gas. To show our appreciation, Mobile Gas will host Customer Appreciation Day on Monday, April 4, 2016 from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm at the Dauphin Street headquarters and the Prichard branch office.

To celebrate, Wintzell’s Oyster House, who has been cooking with natural gas since 1938, will be serving samples of their famous seafood gumbo to all of Mobile Gas’ loyal customers at the Dauphin Street headquarters. They will also get a 10% discount coupon on their next visit to Wintzell’s. The Prichard branch office will be passing out delicious cookies to customers.

Wintzels-Closeup-300x225Wintzell’s Oyster House is a historic landmark on Dauphin Street in downtown Mobile, Alabama. The original Wintzell’s location has been open for over 75 years and is known far and wide for our “Oysters-fried, stewed or nude.” Wintzell’s Oyster House was founded in 1938 by J. Oliver Wintzell and initially began as a small, six-stool oyster bar. Since then, the restaurant and brand have grown significantly. Though the Wintzell’s family sold the restaurant in the 1980s, the original décor, complete with walls covered in hundreds of J. Oliver Wintzell’s witty sayings, remains wholly intact.

Mobile Gas currently serves approximately 86,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers in southwest Alabama.  Headquartered in Mobile County, Mobile Gas serves the cities of Mobile, Saraland, Satsuma, Chickasaw, Semmes, Bayou La Batre, Creola, Mt. Vernon and Prichard.  Mobile Gas also operates a small section of distribution pipeline in the cities of Spanish Fort and Loxley in Baldwin County, east of Mobile.

Mobile Gas Receives Award For Safety Excellence

Posted March 23, 2016

safety awardMobile Gas Service Corporation received top honors for its 2015 excellent safety performance.  The Alabama Associated General Contractors of America – Mobile Section Safety Committee awarded the natural gas utility with the Safety Excellence Award during a ceremony on March 23, 2016.

The selection for the award was based on several factors which included Mobile Gas employees working 420,835 hours without no lost time in 2015.

“Safety has always been our number one priority,” said Chris Wiley, construction manager for Mobile Gas.  “Our goal is to make sure each employee gets the proper training to do their jobs effectively so they can all go home to their families at the end of the day.”

Mobile Gas has created a 24-hour safety culture and implemented an “All in for Safety” campaign.  It includes a safety program called “Circle of Safety.” The program consists of conducting a full walk-around along the perimeter of the vehicle prior to getting behind the wheel. Mobile Gas previously had a similar program in place, where an orange cone was left either in front or in back of parked vehicles. The “Circle of Safety” program now requires that cones be placed in both positions.

“The purpose of this safety best practice is to get employees into the habit of fully observing their surroundings before pulling away from the curb,” said Wiley. “We want them to be sure that there are no obstructions behind, in front of, under, over or on the sides of the vehicle that might obstruct the patch of travel and cause an incident.”

Mobile Gas holds company-wide safety meetings every quarter; safety training for employees is continuous throughout the year.

 

Pictured above (left to right): Ted Rehwinkle, EHS Specialist; Chris Wiley, Construction Manager; Tim Bray, Director of Customer Relations

Mobile Gas to observe Natural Gas Utility Workers’ Day

Posted March 17, 2016

Mobile Gas will observe Natural Gas Utility Workers’ Day on March 18th. This is the first year for the national observance and will become an annual celebration for natural gas utilities across the country.

NG Utility Workers' DayNatural Gas Utility Workers’ Day is a time when we would like to give recognition to all employees who work hard every day to make sure we deliver the most clean, reliable, affordable, and safe product to thousands of residential, commercial and industrial customers in the greater Mobile area and surrounding communities.

March 18th is also the date of the New London, Texas school explosion in 1937 that led to the widespread odorization of natural gas and an increased emphasis on safety.  Safety is a vital aspect to natural gas distribution and the employees of distribution companies endeavor to make natural gas delivery as safe as possible. Mobile Gas looks forward to continuing to bring safe, reliable natural gas into homes and businesses.

 

Spring Forward Sunday=Seasonal Safety Check

Posted March 8, 2016

Mobile Gas is ready to Spring forward, are you? Time change is in store for us on Sunday, March 13, 2016. As you make your rounds to clocks this weekend, we encourage all of our customers to make time for this very short safety checklist.

Change the clocks, change the batteries

Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are in place for your safety…but fresh batteries are needed to ensure that you and your family are safe year round. Safety experts recommend replacing  these batteries twice a year–once in March for the beginning of Daylight Savings and then again in November when it ends.

Energy savings tip: don’t discard the replaced batteries, they more than likely will sufficiently operate a children’s toy or other electronic device.  Be sure to squeeze every last drop of energy out of them before recycling!

Replace light bulbs

While you have that ladder out exchanging batteries,  double up on safety (and energy savings) by examining light bulbs and fixtures. Consider replacing conventional bulbs with energy-efficient fluorescent or LCD bulbs. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that replacing standard bulbs with more energy-efficient ones saves over $30 in electricity coasts over their lifetime.

Check the first-aid kit

Summer is on it’s way, along with warmer weather comes bumps, scratches and stings. Be sure to check the family first aid kit and replace any missing items.

Review your family emergency plan

If an emergency occurs be sure everyone in your household knows the plan of action and where to go. Update phone numbers, addresses and other contact information in all cell phones and post a paper copy with all emergency information in your household.

Mobile Gas Accepting Nominations for Exceptional Youth of the Month

Posted March 3, 2016

Mobile Gas Service Corporation is accepting nominations to recognize the area’s exceptional youth of Mobile and Baldwin Counties.  We are searching for students in either elementary or middle school who have made their communities a better place to live.

IMG_6745Each month during the 2016 Mobile BayBears Baseball season at Hank Aaron Stadium, Mobile Gas will recognize a student – who will also receive 20 tickets to the game and each guest will receive a free hot dog and drink.

Please click on link to download the 2016 Exceptional Youth of the Month Nomination Form.  The deadline is March 18, 2016.

For more information, contact the Community Relations Department: kesdavis@mobile-gas.com.

Pictured left: Reddick Barnes, Mobile Gas Exceptional Youth of the Month – July 2015 and “Bay B Bear” Mobile BayBears mascot.

Warm Up With Mobile Gas During Customer Appreciation Day

Posted January 5, 2016

thank you graphicMobile Gas would like to show its appreciation to its customers.  As the temperatures drop, come inside and have a cup of hot chocolate and snacks with the staff of Mobile Gas. This is just a small token of appreciation to say thank you for choosing natural gas for your home or business.

Mobile Gas will host Customer Appreciation Day on Friday, January 8, 2016 from 8:00 am – 11:00 am at the Dauphin Street headquarters and the Prichard branch office.

While warming up from the chill, customers will be able to find out what changes Mobile Gas is making to improve their customer experience. For example, Mobile Gas is giving customers’ monthly bill a full makeover so it will be easier to read and understand, as well as explain how the monthly bill is calculated.

Mobile Gas currently serves approximately 89,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers in southwest Alabama.  Headquartered in Mobile County, Mobile Gas serves the cities of Mobile, Saraland, Satsuma, Chickasaw, Semmes, Bayou La Batre, Creola, Mt. Vernon and Prichard.  Mobile Gas also operates a small section of distribution pipeline in the cities of Spanish Fort and Loxley in Baldwin County, east of Mobile.

Mobile Gas is located at 2828 Dauphin Street in Mobile and in Prichard at 229 South Wilson Avenue.

Mobile Gas Hosts Open House on former Manufactured Gas Plant

Posted January 4, 2016

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Mobile Gas has entered the remediation phase of the voluntary cleanup project for its former manufactured gas plant (MGP).  This comes after more than five years of related testing and analysis at the property, as advised by the Alabama Department of Environmental Management’s Voluntary Cleanup Program.

In the early 1800’s Mobile Gas operated on a site that manufactured gas through a process of heating coal and oil in enclosed ovens and extracting gas for use in lighting and cooking.  When Mobile Gas moved its location more than 80 years ago, some of chemical compounds to manufacture gas were still left on the vacant property, which caused great concern to nearby residents and businesses.

Technical and community advisory groups were organized to help analyze data, calm community fears concerning the testing methods and results, and be the representatives on behalf of the company. The goal was to make sure key stakeholders and nearby residents were staying informed about each step of the cleanup process.

Peter Keegan, director of engineering for Mobile Gas, has been working on the former MGP site project for more than 20 years.

“This has been a long process, but we wanted to do our due diligence in making sure that we had the best team of experts to test and identify any chemical of concerns and give us the best recommendations on how to proceed to the next step,” said Keegan. “Everything we have done to get to this point has been within the state guidelines and we are pleased that this will soon be complete.”

Most recently, Mobile Gas held a community open house meeting inviting everyone who had an interest in the cleanup of the property.  During the meeting, the public learned about the company’s efforts to comply with state standards and guidelines to test the property, what methods are going to be used for remediation and the plans to turn the property into a passive greenspace for the community to enjoy.

“We envision that the passive greenspace will include several benches, walking trails, oak trees and gas lamps,” said Kesshia Davis, director of marketing and community relations for Mobile Gas.  “The former MGP site sits adjacent to a community college, shopping area, residential community and a thriving downtown. The passive greenspace will allow everyone visiting the area to enjoy the sights and sounds of our wonderful city.”

Mobile Gas plans to complete the remediation phase of the project within the next six months.  The goal is to have the passive greenspace ready for the community by September 2016 to coincide with the company’s 180th anniversary.

*Pictured above: Director of Engineering & MGP Project Manager, Peter Keegan – discusses the passive greenspace planned design for the former MGP site with an open house attendee.

Compassion for the Kids Campaign Spreads Cheer to Children for the Holiday Season

Posted December 22, 2015

It’s the most wonderful time of the year for the employees of Mobile Gas! This is the season where they get to spread some holiday cheer to some unsuspecting friends. For several months, they secretly held fundraisers to buy gifts, toys and donate money to St. Mary’s Children’s Home and Wilmer Hall Children’s Home.

Both of the organizations are “home away from home” for many children who have to reside at the facilities for circumstances beyond their control.  But while there, the staff and volunteers give them all the love and support that they need.

For the holiday season, the employees of Mobile Gas picked two organizations they wanted to support. St. Mary’s Children’s Home and Wilmer Hall Children’s Home ranked at the top of the list. They bought gift cards, held a company chef’s challenge, sold hot chocolate, cooked breakfast, held a silent auction and tacky sweater contest, or simply gave a monetary donation.

The Sempra Energy Foundation, located at the corporate headquarters in San Diego, California, heard about the employees’ efforts and decided to match any donation made through payroll deduction.

The Compassion for the Kids Campaign raised over $4,482.00 (which was split between the two organizations). What a joy it was to surprise St. Mary’s Children’s Home and Wilmer Hall Children’s Home with this gift of generosity. Just to see the smiles on the faces of the staff and children was well worth the effort.  Happy Holidays!

st. mary's home wilmer hall

Mobile Gas to host community open house on former manufactured gas plant

Posted December 14, 2015

Mobile MGP Historic Pix 01 PUB-60-06 MAXINDWe’re making progress! Mobile Gas Service Corporation has come a long way on its voluntary cleanup project of its former manufactured gas plant (MGP) located at the corner of Broad Street and Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue in Mobile.

We have been working with the Alabama Department of Environmental Management and our community partners to preserve a part of our history and create an open greenspace for the community to enjoy. On December 15, 2015 we would love to share with you an update on our cleanup efforts of the MGP site and what you can expect to see in the future.

The community open house will be held on Tuesday, December 15, 2015 from 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm at the Dearborn YMCA – 321 North Warren Street, Mobile, Ala. 36603. 

In 2010, Mobile Gas Service Corporation enrolled the MGP site (located at the corners of Broad Street and Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue) in the Alabama Department of Environmental Management’s Voluntary Cleanup Program. Since then, testing and analysis have been conducted and the property is ready to enter the remediation phase of the project.

Representatives from Mobile Gas Service Corporation, the MGP consulting team and community partners will be in attendance to answer questions about the project. The public will also get an update on individual projects from the following exhibitors: City of Mobile, Mobile Housing Board, National Estuary Program, Mobile County Health Department, MCPSS Environmental Studies Center, Bishop State Community College, and the Alabama Minority Business Enterprise Center.

For more information on Mobile Gas’ former manufactured gas plant: MGP Frequently Asked Questions.

Mobile Gas Service Corporation is a natural gas utility serving approximately 89,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers in southwest Alabama. The company operates primarily in Mobile County serving the cities of Mobile, Saraland, Satsuma, Chickasaw, Bayou La Batre, Creola, Mt. Vernon, Semmes and Prichard. Mobile Gas Service Corporation also operates a small section of distribution pipeline in the cities of Spanish Fort and Loxley in Baldwin County, east of Mobile.

 

Mobile Gas employees participate in #GivingTuesday to help feed the hungry

Posted December 8, 2015

gt_logo6Mobile Gas employees opened their hearts and wallets to help feed the hungry.  On December 1st, employees joined the Sempra Energy family of companies to participate in #GivingTuesday.  The national day of service follows Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

For one day, employees made a monetary donation through payroll deduction to the Bay Area Food Bank.  For each donation made, the Sempra Energy Foundation made a two-for-one match.  Mobile Gas’ total #GivingTuesday effort raised $740.

The Bay Area Food Bank distributes more than 17 million pounds of food each year to 24 counties along the Gulf Coast, and the need continues to grow. For every ten donated dollars, the Bay Area Food Bank can leverage the money through its programs and provide over $100 worth of food to a family needing a meal on their table.

Collectively, the Sempra Energy family of companies donated $47,166 to help feed the hungry during the holidays.

Thanks to everyone’s generosity, nearly 850,000 meals across the country will be served this holiday season to individuals and families who struggle to put food on their tables.

Employee Profile: Chris Wiley

Posted October 22, 2015

C  Wiley“Safety is our company’s priority. Safety is my passion. Safety is personal” – a strong message from Chris Wiley from Mobile Gas’ Safety & Technical Training Manager. He has been a champion for safety at Mobile Gas for several years and he makes no qualms about taking the well-being of every employee seriously.

“It is important that we keep our employees, customers and contractors safe in order for the business to run the most effectively and efficiently,” said Wiley. “We cannot be at our full potential if we have employees that are injured and unable to fully perform their job functions. ”

Since becoming responsible for Mobile Gas’ safety program almost three years ago, Wiley has revamped existing safety programs, implemented new ones and added health and wellness to the 24-hour safety culture. He believes healthy employees make happier employees, which makes for better business. This year he added a “personal” safety message to the campaign.

“I want to see everyone get to go home in as good of condition as when they arrived at work,” said Wiley. “My family is the most important thing in my life and I try to do everything that I can to ensure that I get back to them at night as healthy as possible.”

Wiley exemplifies Sempra U.S. Gas & Power’s core value of safety. He has helped keep safety at the forefront of everyone’s minds at all times. As a result of this team effort, Mobile Gas has been recognized for its outstanding safety efforts. Recently, the company received American Gas Association’s Accident Prevention Award for the second consecutive year in which it had a DART rate (Days Away, Restricted or Transfer) below the industry average. The award was based on 2014 statistics. The DART is based on injuries and illnesses that were severe enough to warrant “days away from work, job restrictions or job transfers.”

“There is not a magic wand that exists to create a strong safety culture,” said Wiley.  “I just try to encourage everyone to work hard every day at improving their safety efforts as much as possible so that we all go home safe at the end of the day.”

With Wilely’s guidance, Mobile Gas has launched several safety campaigns such as Don’t Text and Drive, Circle of Safety and Safety in Motion. Mobile Gas also conducts Stand Down for Safety Town Hall Meetings where employees temporarily stop their day-to-day duties to focus on a particular safety topic.

2015 Hurricane season preps at Mobile Gas

Posted September 22, 2015

For five months out of the year, Mobile Gas Service Corporation prepares for the worst and hopes for the best. Hurricane season is a waiting game. Between June first until the last day of November, the natural utility company in southwest Alabama prepares its supplies, its crew, its emergency plans and keeps an eye on the Gulf of Mexico.

“You never know when a storm is about to strike,” said Chris Wiley, safety and technical training manager for Mobile Gas.  “Forecasters will predict it to go one way, then in just a couple of hours the storm is projected to head straight for your area. Safety is our number one priority; even if there’s a small chance that we will be affected,  we take measures to protect life and property while continuing to provide reliable natural gas service to our customers.”

Mobile Gas  has Hurricane Response Plans which details what actions the companies will take if a hurricane is projected to affect its service territories.  The plans also include roles and responsibilities for each department before, during and after the storm.

An annual tabletop exercise, which mocks a hurricane scenario, also allows key personnel to have emergency information up-to-date and related equipment and supplies are available. The utility has not experienced a major hurricane in several years, but employees know that the extensive pre-planning is necessary given the major damage that Hurricane Katrina caused in 2005.

One of the benefits that the natural gas industry has available is a “Mutual Aid” program in which natural gas companies will help other natural gas companies that are in need after a natural disaster event such as a hurricane. With just two and-a-half months left in the 2015 hurricane season, Mobile Gas and is ready to go to lend a hand to its fellow utility partners to help restore natural gas service, if needed.

“It is absolutely critical to be prepared and have a good plan in place that will provide the safety measures necessary to protect people and property but to also be able to assist others,” said Wiley.   “Hurricanes are a part of life along the Gulf Coast. For the majority of the time, you don’t have to worry about them but when you do, just remember that safety should be everyone’s top priority and being prepared is everyone’s best defense.”

Mobile Gas offers natural gas safety information to their customers and the public so they will know what precautions to take when it comes to preparing for a hurricane or major storm.

Mobile Gas to host customer appreciation day

Posted June 28, 2015

thank you graphicMobile Gas would like to thank its customers for choosing natural gas for their homes and businesses.  The company will host Customer Appreciation Day on Thursday, July 2, 2015 from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm.  Customers are invited to have lunch at the Dauphin Street headquarters and find out what changes Mobile Gas is making to improve their customer experience.

“We want to make doing business with Mobile Gas an easy process,” said Tim Bray, director of compliance management for Mobile Gas. “We are currently redesigning our residential customers’ bill to make it easier to read and to provide more helpful information in how their monthly bill is calculated.”

Mobile Gas is also improving the ease of how customers view their bill online as well as the online payment system.  The Company has already updated its website. It is easier to navigate and has updated information including natural gas safety videos.

“Our goal is to make the customer experience a positive one and we are doing everything we can to make that happen,” said Bray.

Mobile Gas currently serves approximately 89,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers in southwest Alabama.  Headquartered in Mobile County, Mobile Gas serves the cities of Mobile, Saraland, Satsuma, Chickasaw, Semmes, Bayou La Batre, Creola, Mt. Vernon and Prichard.  Mobile Gas also operates a small section of distribution pipeline in the cities of Spanish Fort and Loxley in Baldwin County, east of Mobile.

During Customer Appreciation Day, customers will have a chance to win a natural gas grill by participating in the 2015 online J.D. Power Residential Customer Satisfaction Survey.  Information on the survey will be provided at both the Mobile Gas headquarters located at 2828 Dauphin Street in Mobile and the Prichard branch office located at 229 South Wilson Avenue.

Mobile Gas kicks off 2015 Summer of Giving Donation Drive

Posted June 22, 2015

Mobile Gas is proud to partner with the Goodwill Easter Seals of the Gulf Coast and the Mobile SPCA and for the Third Annual Summer of Giving Donation Drive.  Between June 22nd – July 9th, employees will dig into the back of their closets and dresser drawers to help two non-profit organizations within the Mobile Gas service area.

“By giving to others, whether it’s through a monetary donation, clothing, toiletries, bed linens, etc., it’s a reminder that not everyone is as fortunate to have the basic necessities,” said Kesshia Davis, director of marketing and community relations for Mobile Gas.

One of the non-profit organizations is the Goodwill Easter Seals of the Gulf Coast. For about two weeks, employees will donate clothes, towels, and sheets. The donations will be sorted and sold in the organization’s area stores for an affordable price. Also, Mobile Gas employees will donate gently worn shoes to the Mobile SPCA, an animal shelter and pet adoption agency.

Lorna Hodges, budget and analysis manager for Mobile Gas, is a long-time supporter of the organization.

“The Mobile SPCA does more than just shelter homeless pets. It educates the public on the importance of spaying and neutering cats and dogs to control the pet population,” said Hodges. “The organization also is a no-kill shelter, so it works hard to place pets with the right owners so they can have a forever home.”

Mobile Gas’ goal is to help the Mobile SPCA collect 2,500 pairs of shoes during the donation drive. If the goal is reached, WoofTrax will donate $1,000 to the Mobile SPCA. WoofTrax will send the donated shoes to impoverished countries where they can be repaired and then sold.

In previous Summer of Giving Donation Drives, Mobile Gas employees donated items to Penelope House, Our Sister’s Closet, Ronald McDonald House and 15 Place.

Employee Profile: Bill Gardner

Posted May 8, 2015

DSC00510Mobile Gas hasn’t gone into the match-making business, but it has created a perfect partnership between one of its employees and a well-known organization.

Six years ago, Bill Gardner, compliance manager for Mobile Gas, was chosen to be a company representative for the Mobile Area Council for the Boy Scouts of America. His one assignment was to attend the Golden Eagle dinner. He walked away with more than just a great meal.

“I already knew the mission of the Boy Scouts, but it was eye-opening to learn that the organization does so much more than handing out merit badges,” said Gardner. “The Boy Scouts provides programs that foster character development and value-based leadership training for the youth in our community.”

Gardner, who has worked for Mobile Gas for 36 years, still serves as the company representative for the Mobile Area Council for the Boy Scouts, but in a more substantial capacity. He now serves on the board of directors and has become an active volunteer. Gardner exemplifies Sempra U.S. Gas & Power’s core value of giving back to the community. And he thanks Mobile Gas for opening the door for this great opportunity.

“As individual contributors, each of us offer unique gifts that enhance community life and add a layer of support that only giving to others can provide,” said Gardner. “Mobile Gas lends a depth of resourcefulness through networking that accomplishes more together for the community they serve.”

Gardner takes time out of his busy schedule each month to help support the Mobile Area Council for the Boy Scouts.  In addition to his volunteerism, Mobile Gas contributes to the organization, which serves approximately 7,500 youth in southwest Alabama. The financial support is very much needed.

“In recent years, community funding sources for the Mobile Area Council for the Boy Scouts have changed,” said Gardner.  “Mobile Gas stepped up in a big way, along with other companies, to bridge this gap and to continue to provide funding for the Boy Scouts’ programs. I really appreciate the company allowing me to be involved with this very worthwhile endeavor through giving of my time and the company’s resources.”

Mobile Gas: Employees cook up a recipe of goodwill

Posted May 1, 2015

In the South, many people claim to be the best cooks, including some employees at Mobile Gas, Sempra U.S. Gas & Power’s natural gas utility in southwest Alabama. Quite often, company potlucks turn into recipe exchange parties. For more than a decade now, Mobile Gas has been putting all of those mouth-watering recipes into one spot that’s accessible to everyone at the utility and beyond – and all for a good cause.

“In 2000, we created the Mobile Gas Employees’ Blue Flame Cookbook. It was such a success that we’re now on volume two,” said Maureen Miller, executive assistant at Mobile Gas.

Mobile Gas employees have a long history of being involved in their community. When the idea of creating a cookbook came about, employees quickly viewed it as a fun way to raise money for the charities they were most passionate about. The cookbooks cost $10 and over the past 15 years, a lot of them have been sold.

“Volume one raised about $8,500, and so far volume two has raised about $9,500,” said Miller. “We had no idea that the Mobile Gas Employees’ Blue Flame Cookbook would become so popular. We just wanted to share our favorite family recipes and give all the proceeds to a good cause.”

When it’s time to disperse the funds, all Mobile Gas employees are given the opportunity to submit an organization of their choice. A committee (consisting of employees) then decides which organizations will benefit and how much money they will receive.

“This year we are supporting several organizations, including Camp Rap-A-Hope, Home of Grace for Women, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and Wings of Life, just to name a few,” said Miller.

Miller has overseen the cookbook project since its inception and says there are benefits associated with employees having a sense of pride and ownership in helping to decide which organizations they believe should get their support.

“Our employees are thrilled to have the opportunity to work together and raise money for charities they select,” said Miller. “It is a great team-building exercise, it’s fun and it helps others.”

The cookbooks are sold to the public at the utility headquarters in Mobile and during community events. They make great gifts, especially for teachers and special holidays such as Mother’s Day, which is right around the corner.

Mobile Gas to Participate in #GivingTuesday to Support Bay Area Food Bank

Posted December 1, 2014

Mobile, Ala. – On Tuesday, December 2, 2014, Mobile Gas, a Sempra Company, will participate in #GivingTuesday to support the Bay Area Food Bank. #GivingTuesday is national day of service that follows Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Mobile Gas’ call to action is to help fight hunger this holiday season.

For one day only (December 2nd), Mobile Gas is asking its employees to make a monetary donation to the Bay Area Food Bank. For each donation made, the Sempra Energy Foundation will be offering an unprecedented two-for-one match that will also support the Bay Area Food Bank. For example, if an employee makes a $5 donation, the Sempra Energy Foundation will donate $10.

“Each year thousands of families in Mobile and Baldwin Counties have a hard time putting food on the table,” said Mike Fine, president for Mobile Gas. “What’s even more heart breaking is that one out of every four children is food insecure. What that means is that they don’t know where they will get their next meal. What we are doing at Mobile Gas, along with the Sempra Energy Foundation, is helping families go another day without being hungry.”
The Bay Area Food Bank distributes more than 17 million pounds of food each year to 24 counties along the Gulf Coast, and the need continues to grow.

“Feeding America’s Hunger Study shows that two out of three people getting food from a pantry have to make a decision between buying food and paying bills,” said David Reaney, executive director for Bay Area Food Bank. “One of the great things about the food bank is that we can leverage ten donated dollars through our programs and provide over $100 worth of food. That can make a big difference to a struggling family.”
Mobile Gas has been a community partner since 1836. The natural gas utility company serves approximately 89,000 residential, commercial and industrial Customers in southwest Alabama. Mobile Gas operates primarily in Mobile County serving the cities of Mobile, Saraland, Satsuma, Chickasaw, Bayou La Batre, Creola, Mt. Vernon, Semmes and Prichard. Mobile Gas also operates a small section of distribution pipeline in the cities of Spanish Fort and Loxley in Baldwin County, east of Mobile.

Mobile Gas Wears Purple for Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Posted October 23, 2014

Mobile, Ala. – Mobile Gas employees will wear purple ribbons on Thursday, October 23, 2014
to raise awareness about domestic violence. October is National Domestic Violence Awareness
month. To shed a light on this often private, personal issue, Sempra U.S. Gas & Power’s natural
gas utility in southwest Alabama will host the Penelope House during its quarterly safety and
wellness meeting.

The Penelope House, located in Mobile, is an organization that works to empower women,
children and families to break the cycle of violence. In 2013, the Penelope House received 2,153
crisis calls in Mobile and Washington counties. Last year, the organization also provided shelter
to 889 adults and children.

“The Department of Justice says one in four women will become a victim of domestic violence.
The same is true for one in seven men,” said Tonie Ann Torrans, executive director for Penelope
House. “Domestic violence is about having power over someone. When someone feels he or she
is losing power, that’s when things usually take a turn for the worse.”

Mobile Gas, along with other business units of Sempra U.S. Gas & Power, felt it was important
to come together to make a difference.

“Domestic violence is not a subject that people like to talk about,” said Edgar Downing, general
counsel for Mobile Gas. “By starting the conversation and knowing the signs of abuse, it might
compel someone to seek help. Also, an employee can encourage someone they know who is in a
troubled relationship to find the resources to get to a safe place, such as the Penelope House.”

More information about the Penelope House can be found at: www.penelopehouse.org.

Mobile Gas is a natural gas utility serving approximately 89,000 residential, commercial and
Industrial Customers in southwest Alabama. The company operates primarily in Mobile County
serving the cities of Mobile, Saraland, Satsuma, Chickasaw, Bayou La Batre, Creola, Mt.
Vernon, Semmes and Prichard. Mobile Gas also operates a small section of distribution pipeline
in the cities of Spanish Fort and Loxley in Baldwin County, east of Mobile.

Three Mile Creek Open House Expo Highlights Restoration Efforts

Posted October 21, 2014
open house

MOBILE, Ala. – Mayor Sandy Stimpson announced today that he will join the Mobile Bay National Estuary Program and host the Three Mile Creek Open House Expo on Monday, October 27th from 5-7p.m. at the Dearborn YMCA (321 N. Warren St. Mobile, AL 36603).

The purpose of the Three Mile Creek Open House Expo is for groups and organizations to highlight their restoration efforts of the Three Mile Creek Watershed Management Plan.

As part of the Mayor’s ongoing efforts to clean up the City of Mobile and vital waterways like Three Mile Creek, Mayor Stimpson is asking citizens to participate in the Open House Expo and learn about the negative impacts of stormwater runoff including litter.

“As one of the rainiest cities in America, it is crucial that we have a well-developed plan to manage our storm water runoff, said Mayor Stimpson. “The City’s new stormwater plan coupled with the Three Mile Creek Watershed Management Plan will ensure Mobile’s waterways are protected for future generations.”

The purpose of this Watershed Management Plan (WMP) is to document the current state of water quality and ecological impairment. Objectives of this planning include:

Three Mile Creek Open House Expo Participants:

Jena Longo Berson
Mayor’s Office
City of Mobile, AL
251-208-7801

Mobile Gas Receives American Gas Association Safety Award

Posted October 1, 2014

Mobile, Ala. – Mobile Gas, Sempra U.S. Gas & Power’s natural gas utility is southwest Alabama, recently received the American Gas Association’s (AGA) Accident Prevention Award. The national trade organization, which represents natural gas supply companies, recognized Mobile Gas for achieving a total DART (Days Away, Restricted or Transfer) incidence rate below the industry average for 2013.

The DART is based on injuries and illnesses that were severe enough to warrant “days away from work, job restrictions or job transfers.”

In 2013, Mobile Gas reported zero lost time away from work and only three employees, who received some type of injury, had job transfers or were put on restricted duty. According to the AGA’s 2013 Natural Gas Utility and Transmission Industry Occupational Injury and Illness Statistics, the industry average for DART incident rates is 1.96.

“It was an honor to receive this award, and all of our employees should be proud to know that it is a reflection of everyone’s efforts to continually elevate our safety culture,” said Chris Wiley, safety and training technical manager for Mobile Gas.

Mobile Gas has always made safety a top priority. Over the past couple years, the Safety and Compliance Management departments have updated online safety programs, held in-person training demonstrations, launched new safety campaigns and more to create a 24-hour safety culture, on and off the job. The AGA safety award is another indication that the efforts to keep everyone safe are paying off.

“We are proud of our continued focus and efforts to exceed our company goal of maintaining a low injury rate,” said Tim Bray, director of compliance management for Mobile Gas. “This latest achievement was made possible by everyone working as a team and putting safety first in every aspect of their job.”
Mobile Gas received the AGA award in the category of Medium-Small Local Distribution Companies.
The American Gas Association represents companies delivering natural gas to customers to help meet their energy needs. AGA members are committed to delivering natural gas safely, reliably, cost-effectively and in an environmentally responsible way.

Mobile Gas Give Students a Peek at Their Future

Posted September 25, 2014
employee and student

Mobile, Ala. – More than ten thousand eighth grade students received a high-level overview of what it’s like to work in the natural gas industry, courtesy of Mobile Gas. The Sempra U.S. Gas & Power utility in southwest Alabama recently participated in the area’s largest career expo for middle school students.

The South Alabama Workforce Development Council hosted the Worlds of Opportunity Career Expo at the Mobile Civic Center September 24 – 25, 2014. The organization partnered with companies ranging from healthcare, communications, and tourism to aviation and energy, to name a few. The goal was to expose youth to local career opportunities that they may want to pursue someday.

“What we have found is that students as young as 12 years old are already starting to think about what kind of career they would like to have when they get older,” said Kesshia Davis, director of community relations for Mobile Gas. “Mobile Gas provides the students with valuable insight, including the education qualifications needed to obtain a particular position and starting salary ranges. These are real-world expectations that students can learn about early on so there are no surprises later.”

Students were educated on the academic requirements for various positions, including ones that require two- and four-year college degrees, as well as ones that require the completion of an apprentice program or a technical certification. Mobile Gas also made representatives available to talk about their day-to-day duties in the fields of marketing, engineering, meter reading, construction and service.

“The Worlds of Opportunity Career Expo is just like peeking into the window of the future,” said Elizabeth Ripp, human resources generalist for Mobile Gas. “We are providing students with the tools and resources that are needed to plan early so they can be prepared for the workforce.”

Mobile Gas has participated in the Worlds of Opportunity Career Expo for five years. Seventy-eight public and private schools from across southwest Alabama attended the event.

Mobile Gas is a natural gas utility serving approximately 89,000 residential, commercial and Industrial Customers in southwest Alabama. The company operates primarily in Mobile County serving the cities of Mobile, Saraland, Satsuma, Chickasaw, Bayou La Batre, Creola, Mt. Vernon, Semmes and Prichard. Mobile Gas also operates a small section of distribution pipeline in the cities of Spanish Fort and Loxley in Baldwin County, east of Mobile.

Mobile Gas Launches New Education Program

Posted July 30, 2014
happy kids

Mobile, Ala. – Mobile Gas, Sempra U.S. Gas & Power’s natural gas utility in southwest Alabama, has launched a new environmental education program aimed at highlighting careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

For the past two years, Mobile Gas has been working with Mobile County Public Schools – the state’s largest school district – to create the Leadership & Environmental Education Program (LEEP). The curriculum allows students to develop skills that help them think critically, identify and solve problems, communicate and develop a sense of community with Mobile Gas.

LEEP was created as an educational component of the company’s community outreach plan, centering on its former manufactured gas plant (MGP) – located at the corners of Broad Street and Martin Luther King Avenue. The program, designed for students in grades three through six, will be implemented at Florence Howard Elementary School and Calloway-Smith Middle School, which are within the vicinity of the former site.

“We are excited to be offering a program that will allow students to learn about the natural gas industry,” said Kesshia Davis, director of community relations for Mobile Gas. “We have a really interesting story to tell considering that when we used to operate in the early 1800’s; we had to heat coal and oil to create natural gas. Now we pump the resource from underground.”

The former MGP site is currently enrolled in Alabama’s voluntary cleanup program, which aims to redevelop industrial and commercial properties where expansion or redevelopment is complicated by real or perceived contamination. As part of the program, engineers and researchers have been testing and analyzing the property for any potential environmental risks.

“Another benefit of the LEEP curriculum is that students will learn about careers related to STEM,” said Mike Fine, president of Mobile Gas. “The same engineers and researchers working on our MGP site have created related activities that will be presented in the classroom. The students will find out first-hand the qualifications needed to become an engineer or environmental scientist.”

Mobile County Public School’s Environmental Studies Center, McFadden Engineering, Corporate Environmental Risk Management and Keep Mobile Beautiful have all partnered with Mobile Gas on this new education initiative.

Mobile Gas Creates 24-Hour Safety Culture

Posted May 30, 2014

Mobile, Ala. – Mobile Gas, a Sempra Company, has always made safety a top priority, but now the natural gas utility in southwest Alabama, is creating a culture where employees think about safety not only when they are at work, but also off the job.

“In order for us to truly create a round-the-clock safety culture, it has to go beyond just our working hours,” said Chris Wiley, safety and technical training manager for Mobile Gas. “The safety measures we practice off the clock are just as important as the ones we practice when we are at work. If we get in the habit of following self-imposed safety protocols all the time, everyone will benefit whether they are an employee, customer or member of the community.”

Mobile Gas recently held its first Stand Down for Safety Town Hall meeting. For a few hours, employees put their day-to-day duties on hold and focused on the consequences of distracted driving. About 60 percent of Mobile Gas’ workforce uses vehicles to conduct business. The company-wide Stand Down for Safety re-emphasized the importance of being safe and alert while behind the wheel.

“Even though we train our employees on driving safety practices each year, we wanted to add a heightened sense of awareness regarding the dangers that accompany behaviors such as texting, talking on cell phones, putting on make-up, eating, adjusting the radio – all while behind the wheel,” said Wiley.

Mobile Gas also recently rolled out a new safety program called “Circle of Safety.” The program consists of conducting a full walk-around along the perimeter of the vehicle prior to getting behind the wheel.

“The purpose of this safety best practice is to get employees into the habit of fully observing their surroundings before pulling away from the curb,” said Wiley. “We want them to be sure that there are no obstructions behind, in front of, under, over or on the sides of the vehicle that might obstruct the patch of travel and cause an incident.”

Mobile Gas previously had a similar program in place, where an orange cone was left either in front or in back of parked vehicles. The Circle of Safety program now requires that cones be placed in both positions.

Mobile Gas’ Cast Iron Replacement Project on Target

Posted March 28, 2014

Mobile, Ala. – Mobile Gas, a Sempra Company, is on target to finish its pipeline replacement project by 2022. The natural gas utility in southwest Alabama is replacing its cast iron pipes with plastic ones.

Cast iron pipelines can operate safely and effectively for many decades, as long as they are not disturbed. However, as they age, they can become increasingly vulnerable to problems such as cracks from frost, leaks from joints or buckling from the pressure of street traffic, which could pose a threat to our customers’ safety.

In order to proactively address this potential threat, some state pipeline safety authorities have mandated operators to replace all or parts of their cast iron system. Alabama has yet to do so, but Mobile Gas voluntarily elected to begin its cast iron replacement project to help keep the community safe.

“We started tracking cast iron replacement in 1970 when the Department of Transportation first required system reporting,” said Peter Keegan, engineering director for Mobile Gas. “We knew safety was our top priority, so we formalized the process and made it a yearly goal to replace our cast iron pipelines, because it was the right thing to do.”

According to the Department of Transportation, cast iron pipelines are one of the oldest energy pipelines constructed in the United States. They were installed more than 60 years ago, and still deliver natural gas to homes and businesses today.

Over the next eight to 10 years, it will cost Mobile Gas $45 million to complete the cast iron replacement project. The company hopes to replace 152 miles of cast iron within its service territories by 2022. Mobile Gas’ engineering department, supported by an independent contractor, replaces approximately 20 miles of pipelines per year, which is on target for reaching its goal.

Mobile Gas Employees Give Back to their Communities

Posted February 25, 2014
employees with Ronald McDonald

Mobile, Ala. – During 2013 alone, employees at Mobile Gas, a Sempra Company, participated in 50 community service projects and raised more than $10,000 for various organizations.

Mobile Gas has earned a reputation as a good community partner stemming back to 1836, thanks to a steady stream of employees who are willing to give up free time on weekends and after hours for non-profit organizations, schools, groups and events within their communities.

“Last year, Mobile Gas employees volunteered more than 1,500 hours, which is a huge jump compared to 300 employee volunteer hours in 2011,” said Kesshia Davis, director of community relations for Mobile Gas.

Why the jump in 2013? Mike Fine, president for Mobile Gas, says it boils down to enhanced tracking and organization.

“Our employees from every department have always volunteered, but there wasn’t an organized system in place to capture all of the activity that was going on,” said Fine. “Now all of our community service projects are coordinated through the community relations department, so we are getting a better and truer picture of what our employees are doing on our behalf.”

About 38 percent of the company’s workforce participated in the employee volunteer program. Some of their activities included cooking meals at the Ronald McDonald House, sorting food at the area food bank, participating in environmental cleanup projects, and donating clothes and books to several shelters.

Employees also took on several fundraising projects and raised $10,339 for the local chapters of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Habitat for Humanity of Southwest Alabama, American Cancer Society and Junior Achievement.